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Ultimate Guide on How to Figure Out Your Body Shape

Ultimate Guide on How to Figure Out Your Body Shape

How to figure out your body shape?

Knowing your body shape allows you to dress perfectly for any occasion. There are a few body types for women, and I am gonna talk about them today.

There are 5 most common body types for women. I mean the actual body shapes, but there are also other body types like petite, tall, plus size, skinny, plus size, etc.

But as I already said there are only 5 common body shapes you may fit. These are:

  1. Triangle shape – known as pear shape as well
  2. Inverted triangle body shape – it’s known as the opposite of the pear shape. I have already posted an article where you will discover the best dresses for inverted triangle body-shaped women.
  3. Circle – known as apple shape
  4. Rectangle – known as the square shape
  5. Hourglass – body shape that every woman would like to have.

How to figure out your body shape – the easiest way to do it

If you want to discover which body shape you have you will just need a measuring tape.

Yep, there is no math and chemistry needed to discover your body type.

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Now, the first thing you need to do is to follow the steps below and write down the results.

You will definitely need them to get the result.

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Why is this method the easiest one to try?

Because you just need to measure four parts of your whole body.

  • You need to check the size of your – shoulders, bust, waist, and hips.

To get the right results it is important to determine the maximum width of your shoulders.

The same goes for the bust.

You need to measure your waist where it is the smallest. Normally it’s above your belly button.

Estimate your hip size by selecting the lowest part of your hips. Usually, it’s almost where regular waist pants are starting.

As I already said before, don’t forget to write down those results.

Now let’s start finding out what those results mean for you.

Having detailed measurements of your body parts can also be very useful when shopping online.

Almost all of the online stores have size charts that include dimensions of the bust, waist, and hip area.

So, you can use your measurements to get the right size of clothes online.

And if you need a list of trusted online stores, here is my article to find them.

There is another thing you should know.

First of all, you have to understand that you may not fit any of these body shapes, or you may be a combination of two or even three of them.

So, don’t ever think that you have an ugly or asymmetrical body shape. No, you don’t.

Remember the next thing – “Every Body Is Beautiful“.

The only reason you have to know your body shape is that it will help you to dress right for your body type.

You will be able to style outfits that fit just perfectly. You are gonna wear outfits that will flatter your body.

Let’s start talking about body types in more detail.

Female body shapes + celebrities with your body type

Triangle body shape

The first one is the triangle body (pear) shape.

Now, look at your results.

  • If your shoulder and bust size is smaller than your hips, then you have a triangle body shape.

I will help you to find outfit ideas with another post in the future.

But generally, if you are pear (triangle) shape, you need clothes that flatter on your higher body.

Some examples can be, off-shoulder tops and dresses.

Here are some of the most flattering dresses for pear-body-shaped women. Check out them and thank me later.

Also, it can have a top that has ruffle details on your chest and shoulders. That will balance your outfit, with both your lower and higher body.

If you want to find the right pants for pear-body-shaped women, check out my other article. You will get some cool ideas you can easily follow and try.

Pear body shape celebrities

Beyonce and Kim Kardashian are celebrities with pear body types.

So, if you are looking for people to consider, there you go.

Check how they dress for their body shapes and use their methods in your own style.

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how to figure out your body shape
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Inverted triangle body shape

Next, we have an inverted triangle.

  • You have an inverted triangle body shape if your hip size is smaller than your shoulders and bust.

I already talked about this body shape here, and you should check it out in case you want to discover the most flattering dresses for your body.

You should read the article because you will find some amazing summer dresses that will make your body look fantastic.

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Inverted triangle body shape celebrities

Cameron Diaz is one of the celebrities who have an inverted triangle body shape.

Considering our measurements, she has bigger shoulders. And with this outfit, she is trying to carry more attention to her waist by cinching it in with the belt.

I think she looks awesome.

Apple body shape

The next well-known body type is a circle (apple).

  • That’s when your waist is the largest part of your body silhouette.
  • So, your waist size should be larger than your shoulders, bust, and hips.

The quickest and easiest tip to follow for apple body shape is to manage to attract less attention to your waist.

Asymmetric, draped clothes will be the perfect option for you. Or another way, you must try not to show your waist at all.

If you choose the right pieces, no one will see your waist. And if you don’t feel comfortable with your waist, that’s what you actually need.

I wrote an article where you can find some great information, tips, and tricks about your body shape.

Here you can find the best skirts for apple body shape.

And if you need some new pretty spring dresses for apple body shape, here is another article to check out as well.

Apple body shape celebrities

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how to figure out your body shape
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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Adele are perfect examples of apple body shape.

If we don’t consider her (Adele’s) latest body changes, she was always trying to wear flattering clothes.

And most importantly, she was feeling comfy at every look.

That’s what you should do as well if you don’t feel well in the things you are wearing, believe me, none of the outfits will look good on you.

Rectangle body shape

The rectangle body shape is the next one.

  • Having a rectangle body shape means that you don’t have any curves around your body.
  • Your body looks like a real rectangle and your waist is not very defined.
  • You can guess if you are square if your shoulders, bust, waist, and hips are all the same size.

Rectangle body shape celebrities

Celebrities with square (rectangle) shapes are Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman.

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The best practice for a rectangle body type is logically to create a waistline, that is not very noticeable. Make it more visible, by playing with color blocks.

What I mean here, is to wear clothes that have separate colors for your higher and lower body, or have a different color on your waist.

It will definitely make your waist marked and shown.

Wide-leg pants are another option for you. It will help you to create a flared silhouette of your body. Very high-waisted jeans are also perfect for you.

As a bonus, you should add a waist belt to show it more.

In case you want to find out what I am talking about, here is my other article you can check out. It’s for square-body-shaped women.

You will not only find tips and tricks, but you will also find the best swimsuit for rectangle body shape.

Hourglass body shapes

And the last body type is an hourglass shape.

This is the most favorable body shape for women and actually for men as well.

  • You have an hourglass body shape when your waist is the thinnest part of your body.
  • Your shoulders, bust, and hips are almost the same size.

It’s hard to exactly know if you have a rectangle or hourglass body shape. So, I made an article where you will find some differences between them.

Hourglass body shape celebrities

Celebrities that have hourglass body shapes are Salma Hayek and Scarlett Johansson. They really look just fantastic. Don’t you agree?

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Look at their waist! I think they are really perfect examples to reference what the hourglass body shape looks like.

Belted clothes (dresses, pants, tops) are again very good for your body shape.

Shortly, you have those perfect curves but you should highlight them. You need pieces that accentuate feminine details on your body.

Having an hourglass body shape doesn’t mean that you should be skinny. No, there are so many plus-size women, who have hourglass bodies.

And if you are the one, I’ve got the article just for you. This is how you should dress if have plus size hourglass body shape.

If you are not plus size but have a little tummy, here is the article that will help you learn how to style outfits for women with an hourglass body and a tummy.

And not only plus size, but you may also be curvy and still have an hourglass body shape.

That means you can have a combination of more than one type of body shape.

You can find more celebrity outfits on Pinterest. I would appreciate it if you follow me there. If you do so, you can check out my other helpful posts as well.

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